Rapper To Obama: I’m ‘Filled With Gratitude, Outrage, Grief,’ And Anger

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Rapper T.I. wrote an open letter to President Barack Obama looking back on his presidency and said he was “filled with gratitude, outrage, grief, anger, humility and appreciation.”

On Friday, the 36-year-old rapper and actor published the first of three letters in the New York Times. He said that are designed “to communicate and share my thoughts and try to be a voice for the people who may be thinking of something to say but, for some reason, may not be able to say it or not have the platform to say it. Using my platform to be a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves.” (RELATED: T.I. Says Rudy Giuliani Doesn’t Save Black Lives, He Destroys Them)

Recording artist T.I. speaks onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles

(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“As I reflect, I am filled with gratitude, outrage, grief, anger, humility and appreciation, both for the things you helped bring to light and the many things we still have yet to realize,” the rapper wrote. “For years you fought to keep this nation from the very thing we have now become.” (RELATED: Rapper: The Loch Ness Monster Could Be President Before A Woman)

“For years, many of US failed you because, as I’ve said before, we were not all ready for the change you wanted to bring about,” he added. “But rest assured that we heard you. Rest assured that we felt you and rest assured that your legacy will live on long after your presidency.”

“For every one of US who has been touched by you and tasked with a choice between finding a way or walking away, I say we can and must do more,” he continued. “We cannot afford to live in a prolonged state of grief, but must remember that we have no choice but to dust ourselves off, wipe off our wounds and move beyond this barren state of shock.”

The rapper has said the first letter was to Obama, another will be to president-elect Donald Trump and the final one will be addressed to the American people.

Katie Jerkovich

Contributor

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